I love E3. I really do! I watch it religiously every year. (Kinda blows I have never atually been to one even though I have been working for game
sites for over 10 years) I know some shows are better than others and that is to be expected as some years new hardware is released or an anticipated
game is expected and then shown or something pops up that surprises the crap of gamers. For the most part, E3 is awesome! The past two, however, really have not done anything for me. It is not to say the last two have been completly void of anything good and I sure as shit didn't have high hopes for this one, tis just that they seem a little meh to me. Lemme splain. (I will be using this years as an example, mainly, cause my memory is pretty crappy!)
Let's start with Nintendo shall we? Last year they announced the WiiU. Didn't really show much except for the controller. OK, not a big deal as I knew it wouldn't come out til sometime this year. They should enough to pique my interest as my Wii has been collecting dust for a while now. Especially since Xenoblade Chronicles would not work on my Wii at all! This year I just knew MS, Sony, Ubi, EA, and the like were going to be left in the dust by Nintendo and I was excited! Yes, I know I am almost 40, but I love games dammit! So, come Tuesday, I turn on Spike and prepare for the fireworks and really, after the horsepucky that was Sony's, EA's, and MS' pressers, how could N screw the pooch? After all, they were the only ones showing new hardware!! I thought it was going to be batshit glorious!
Holy crap was I wrong! It was so bad, it made MS' almost good! And that is saying a lot as MS' presser damn near put me to sleep. Nintendo was the only one I was expecting something from and it just didn't happen! There was a couple games that I did like; Lego City: UnderCover and ZombiU. Lego City because it looks like a Lego version of GTA and ZombiU because that has a different concept to the zombie shooter. Seriously, would have never have though N would have had a zombie shooter. Let alone one that when you die, you die! Those two aside, there was basically nothing of interest. Most of the third party games I already knew were coming, maybe not for the WiiU, but I knew they were coming. And spending a lot of time on Batman?? What the hell was that about? I already beat that game months ago and have no desire to replay it on a new system due to a few changes.
They had a huuuuge chance to be the best and I sat there watching all this crap til the end where I thought they would show something spectacular. What did I get??? NintendoLand! Reallllly? Really? That's what you end the show with????? WTF!?
I do want the WiiU, but not because of the craptastic presser they had. I want it cause I like to have all the game consoles! :D
Now onto MS. I had no expectations from them because there was no way they were going to show the next XBOX this year and I knew it. I also knew that they were just going to show everything that has already been announced; Blops 2, Halo 4, AC3, Forza Horizon, some crappy dance game, shitty Kinect games, etc.. They did exactly that. Didn't really see the Wrecateer game coming. I kinda want that, but why in the hell did they spend time showing that instead of, oh I don't know, Forza Horizon? And the whole Nike thing? Good God what a bore. Smartglass, didn't see that coming, but it is the same thing as the WiiU remote so, not a big freakin deal. I didn't have enough damn beer to get me through the Usher crap. That was horrid!!!
On the plus side, at least they didn't show quite as many apps that I didn't care about. I mean really, two years of Kinect games (that suck), dance games, crap added to the console that I could care less about because it has nothing to do with games, and crap I have already seen before the show just didn't do anything for me. I would have crapped myself if they announced that the dashboard could be customized, ya know so I could actually get to the games, and then added another tier to LIve that provided value to me. As it stands, everything XBLG gets under the paywall, I can get elsewhere for free. Not that I give a crap about Netflix, hulu, or any of that other non-game realated taint.
Sony and EA's were basically on the same page as the other two. Nothing really new and no surprises. I will say this though; NFS: Most Wanted does look a little interseting. However, because it is Criterion, I know that I am not going to be able to play locally, so I have zero interest in it. Both of those are a wash to me. Although, The Last of Us looks bad ass! (pretty sure that was on Sony)
Ubisoft however, I thought was the 'winner' of the show. Not that their presser was more entertaining, tis just that they showed some pretty good games. Mainly Watch Dogs! Maybe it is because it has that open world look of GTA or maybe it is because I know it was running on a PC. Either way, it came out of no where and I want it now! Not after breakfast not next year, now! There were other games, don't really care about them as much as Watch Dogs though. :D
Again, I really didn't expect much from Sony, MS, and EA as I think they are keeping 'the good stuff' secret til next years E3. Why? We all know why! Tis the transition between consoles. Of course, if I was MS and Sony, I would be in no hurry to announce the new ones because Nintendo really screwed up. At the same time though, it really is time to move on because two years of the same redundant crap is starting to get old.
I have said it before and I will say it again, I want the industry to crash and crash hard because it is the only way the games industry will every win most peoples trust. Maybe next years E3 will fix it, but I reallllly doubt it as I think it is going to get a lot worse before it gets better. :D
The problem I mainly have with E3 as of late, is that it seems to be more for investors and the gaming press and not for the gamer. Which is who they are trying to sell this crap to!
A long time ago, about the time the 360 came out, I had this crazy idea that the 360 would be my window into E3 since I could'nt be there and that it would have all trailers and demos on it. (No idea where I got that idea from) As the years go by though, the very consoles that are said to let me experience E3 as if I was there, have not. Sure, I can get trailers from E3 on the 360 or the PS3, but who gives a little rats ass? I can do that on the puter, which I am on most of the time anyway. I thought that the consoles were supposed to bring demos and all kinda glorious things I couldn't see on TV or the puter. It has not come to fruition!
I watch the same boring ass conferences year after year and have to rely on game jornos to tell me how a game is. I mean they kicked out the general public all that is left is the press. Not that is a bad thing, but with all this connectivity, I should be able to fire up the 360 and watch a behind closed doors demo and have demos that they can play right there, at least for the four days. Shit! The always connected crap is what all these pubs/devs keep pushing. It would make some sense that I could be able to play the demos that are at E3. Well, at least the ones that are on current gen consoles and the PC.
E3 would be a buttton better if I could go behind the scenes and play actual demos as opposed to sit there and watch or read someone else's opinion on it. Sure, that is not possible with all of the games, but it sure as shit would be nice with most of them as they are, mostly, on this gen of consoles.
Next year that may be a little harder to pull out of their asses due to new hardware, but since you just can't waltz into E3 anymore, I see no reason that I can't see the behind the door stuff and play the same demos that are on the floor. I guarantee you, if they did that, all servers on the PC and the consoles would be hammered and people would love it. Not to mention it would probably lower the number of people that showed up!
E3 may still be relevant, but I have a feeling it won't be much longer. :D read